Let's Stop Using OCD As A Personality Trait

It’s 2019, Let’s Stop Using 'OCD' As A Personality Trait

“OMG, I’m so OCD! I just have to make my bed every morning!”.

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Can we please stop using the term OCD to describe being neat, keeping your house clean, or being on a regulated schedule?

For anyone who doesn't know, OCD stands for "Obsessive Compulsive Disorder." It's a stress-related disorder that used to be classified under the umbrella of anxiety disorders, but is now in its own category.

Let's break down what OCD REALLY is.

Obsessions, or "repeated thoughts, urges, or mental images," turn into anxiety, which leads you to compulsions, which leads you to act on those compulsions to experience some sense of temporary relief.

Here's a personal example of a simple act: locking my apartments doors. I'm afraid someone will break in while I'm gone, so I lock the door when I leave. However, I think that maybe I didn't lock it, even though I know I did. So I will get anxious, get out of my car and recheck my door even though I already did so three times before leaving.

Along with this, I also have to make sure the stove is off, anywhere between five to 10 times. I have to make sure the toilet isn't running every time after I flush. I have to make sure my cats aren't locked in the bathroom, even though I can see them in the living room.

I have to constantly check where my laptop and keys are.

I recheck my alarm four times at night.

I have to check at least three times that my flat iron is unplugged, even though I rarely straighten my hair.

Oh, and I have a certain amount of times I have to go to the bathroom before I can fall asleep.

OCD isn't just washing your hands an excessive amount of times (though it can be).

It isn't just keeping everything spotless, though it can be.

It's always checking and re-checking things. It's doing things a certain way that may not make sense to others.

It's always being tired and irritated. It's always trying to decide what is rational and what is not.

It's not cool to say you have OCD. You wouldn't say "Oh, Geez I've got tuberculosis!" when you have a light cough, would you? That's just silly.

OCD can be a debilitating condition. In order for those with OCD to get better, they may be prescribed a number of different types of therapy on top of taking medication.

So once again, just because you wipe your counters every night or have an agenda, does not make you OCD.

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If You Have A Project You Want To Grow, Crowdfunding May Be The Answer

The benefits of the crowdfunding phenomenon.

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The idea of crowdfunding is exciting, isn't it? A small town poet can use a platform like GoFundMe or Patreon to sell their work directly to those who are looking for it. A community organizer can not only raise funds for an upcoming event, but they can also keep the funds coming in to raise money for the monthly expenses of running their group. A magazine editor can keep their readership engaged through multimedia as well as tangible perks in exchange for tiers of subscription costs.

Crowdfunding makes it so people can combine multiple engagement styles directly with target audiences for a common cause.

What really makes crowdfunding satisfying is getting monetary confirmation that what one is passionate about is supported. Money rules a lot of the world, and receiving money for creating or providing something for others is extremely fulfilling. Different than just going to work and earning a paycheck. Jobs employ workers to create or provide something that has already had a template of origination.

Crowdfunding is running one's own business of creation or providing goods without a bunch of the red tape. In fact, one could say that crowdfunding has allowed sites like Etsy to flourish. One can now make a pretty decent profit just making pins, Mickey ears, necklaces — whatever one can imagine — and get it directly in eyes of those interested. There's nothing to lose in crowdfunding, just the hour or so it may or may not take to set up the site.

Crowdfunding can also be used for temporary things like school funds, funeral funds, and recovery efforts. Need $10,000 to get through a semester at college? Have a sudden death in the family and need $5,000 to pay closing costs and unexpected expenses? Major world disaster like a hurricane or tsunami destroy an entire majorly populated area? GoFundMe is your answer. You'll most likely get twice as much funds then the goal you set.

There's now many crowdfunding sites out there. Outside of GoFundMe, the three biggies are Patreon, Indiegogo, and Kickstarter. So take your pick, make your page, and get some money!

And just in case you're wondering, yes I do have crowdfunding efforts out there for my projects! One for my personal writings, and one for my magazine.

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Summer 2019, Here I Come

I'm ready for a summer filled with making memories, relaxing, and ultimately, focusing on myself.

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This summer is going to be different for me.

This is the first time in a long time where I'm going to have a lot of freedom this summer, and I'm genuinely looking forward to it. The crazy part is that I don't even have plans to travel or do anything crazy, but that's what makes it so great.

The fact that I'll be home for the summer with an excess amount of free time and less working sounds great to me. I know that having an internship somewhere would probably benefit me too, but I'm not dreading that anymore.

To keep it real, I did apply for internships. AND normal jobs too. Grocery store cashiers. Boring, government receptionist jobs. Video production internships. I've applied to so many things over the course of the spring semester and it's draining not to hear back from anything...or at least, only hearing back with rejections.

It scared me at first. But it doesn't anymore. Why?

I'm embracing where my life is and where I am at this moment in time.

I am not worried about the future. I'm not worried about my career or job opportunities I may have missed. Maybe that sounds reckless, but not to me.

I say that because I used to bash myself for doing things that I wanted to do. I used to bash myself for not following exactly what my parents say I should be doing or what society tells me. I want to live my life in its full essence as it right now, in its full originality and being.

I'm simply focusing on me. Conceited? No. Content.

Routine, routine, routine.

I love routine. I also love adventure and spontaneity, but routine is where I feel at home. However, stepping outside of your comfort zone is what I've been trying to do for the past year, so I'm trying to embrace that too.

I already know how I'm going to spend my off days, work days, and time in between. I want to keep myself busy, preparing myself for the humongous workload I'm going to encounter when the fall semester hits. There's a lot I want and have to do, secure, and make arrangements for. I'm excited to tackle those battles.

Long distance running is going to become a part of my everyday routine. It's something I used to love doing but distanced myself from last summer. It makes me happy and keeps me active - and out of the house.

Working as much as I can to obviously secure the bag but also to stay busy is something I'm looking forward to. Going to the pool and soaking up as much sun as I can get is a huge priority for me this summer.

My goal is to do things that will make me happy. But deeper than that, I want to learn what will make my soul and heart happy. If having a routine, spending the majority of my time relaxing, and staying out of the house will aid in benefiting myself, than that's what I'm going to do.

I'm trying to put me before stress and discomfort.

Something that usually affects me when I go home is stress. This can be confusing or it could be extremely relatable. Either way, coming home for me isn't necessarily a great experience.

That's why I want to come into summer 2019 with a new, refreshing mindset.

I'm going in with a mindset that sees the positives and how I can adjust myself for the time at home that consists of fun and freedom. The second I no longer have access to my small on-campus apartment with so much charm, character, and "me," is when I lose my personal space. I lose the things that make me more of myself rather than having to act a certain way now that I'm a 20-year-old living with my parents. Everything changes...And while I'm savoring every last minute of this time away from home, it'll soon come to an end.

So when I say "Summer 2019, here I come," I mean it. I'm not letting my summer go to waste like I did last year. I'll update you as the summer goes on, so stay tuned!

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